If you’re like me, then you dream of motorcycle riding. Well maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, I tend to dream about Game of Thrones quite a bit these days. I however do try and watch every YouTube video and read every article I find on new bikes. The bike I really want to get my hands on these days is the redesigned MV Agusta Brutale 800, but unfortunately the local dealer doesn’t have any quite yet. Even if they did, they are a bit pricey and ownership might be costly considering MV makes high end Italian bikes.
That brings up a problem most hard working individuals seem to have, owning a motorcycle is a luxury. A motorcycle is great to cruise around town on or for commuting to work. I’ve been pretty happy when commuting to downtown Seattle using the carpool lane, flying past everyone else. When it comes to transporting kids, groceries, or family road trips though it kind of falls short. It also sucks traveling in the rain and the Pacific Northwest seems to have quite a bit of that. Luckily, we rarely get snow, which means we can ride a motorcycle all year round if we have rain gear.
Still though, it tends to be hard to justify owning a bike when you must also own a car. Owning a bike means an extra insurance payment. There are maintenance costs, and maintenance is normally pricy in comparison to a family sedan. If you own an Italian bike, expect that maintenance to be up there (Ducati I’m referring to you with your $179 oil changes). Luckily I live in a house so parking is free. When I lived downtown I paid $100 a month for an extra parking spot. That’s $1,200 a year just to park a bike. On top of that, one bike is never enough. I want a bad-boy looking cruiser for…well, cruising. I want a super-sport bike for carving up corners, I want an adventure bike for long distance cruising, and I want a naked for just plan around-town fun.
Each of these ads help illustrate the different lifestyle each bike offers.
Clockwise - Yamaha YZF-R1M, Harley-Davidson Iron 883, Ducati Monster 1200S, BMW R1200GS Adventure - Pictures courtesy of their respective manufacturers.
Then each bike is a bit different. A Ducati superbike looks amazing. Its beautiful lines are meant to impress. A Japanese bike on the other hand, like the new R1, is designed for functionality, performance. Each bike is different and offers its own positives and negatives. Getting a chance to ride each bike is amazing and when purchasing a bike you need to figure out which one suits you.
Still though, the questions for new riders is what class do you want to fit in with? Do you want to fit in with the Harley crowd? What about the guys & gals that ride a Ducati? That’s kind of the choice a new rider needs to make though. Which bike to buy?
There’s also upgrading. New riders should start on an entry bike, like a Harley-Davidson Iron or a Kawasaki Ninja 300. Later on, in like a year or two, you’ll probably want to upgrade. If you started on that Ninja you’ll now want a 600cc bike, then a 750cc or liter bike, then maybe something more like a 1299 or so. Then your back and wrists will start to hurt and you’ll switch over to an adventure touring bike or a cruiser, but you’ll miss the performance of your sportbikes. There again is a problem.
What if there was a solution? What if you could ride any bike, at any time, without worrying about all the minor details? What if you didn’t have to worry about paying for an extra parking space, maintenance, or insurance? What if you didn’t have to worry about upgrading a bike in a few years? Instead you’re on a 300 today and then tomorrow you decide you’re ready for a 600. What if today you want to carve up some corners on a Ducati Panigale and then tomorrow you want to cruise up to the mountains on a Harley with the significant other on the back? Sounds like a dream right? Maybe it is, but we could make it reality.
How? Well this business, Envy Exotics, was founded on that dream. The idea for this business was to be an auto and motorcycle club. Members would pay a small fee and get access to a wide range of vehicles. It would be similar to a gym really. When a member decided they wanted to ride a motorcycle, they’d use their phone, tablet, or computer to reserve a bike. If they reserved a bike and wanted it today because of perfect weather, than 1.5 hours later it would be there at their doorstep waiting for them. Each year we’d add new vehicles based upon what members wanted. This way we’d ensure we had the latest and greatest bikes customers wanted to ride.
What would you choose? A day of corner carving or an off-road adventure?
That plan didn’t initially work out though. The banks didn’t believe in it. So additional funding was nonexistent. We started anyway. We couldn’t start as a club, because our fleet was too small, but it’s grown large enough now where it can work. We can make it work, especially if we add two more bikes this year.
That’s really what this article is about, the chance for residents of the Pacific Northwest to become owners in a motorcycle club. The article is to see if the demand exits. If it does we’ll turn this business into the club it was originally meant to be. We’ll still have regular rentals, we need that to continue to grow, but as a club we’ll grow as membership grows.
We’re still working on pricing to ensure we’re able to affordably store, maintain, insure, and delivery the bikes. We think we have an idea though and plan to announce pricing by next month if the demand exits. The question is do residents of the Pacific Northwest want this? If this is something you want let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear from you and get any ideas you may have. We want this to work and we hope you want this as well.
If you haven't already, fill out the below form and will send you an email when we figure out the details about the club, such as membership pricing and when it goes live.
Oh and by the way, here’s a great video that shows why it would be awesome to have so many choices when it comes to ridding. Enjoy!